Reflecting on 2012

2 Corinthians 9:15

It’s hard to believe that just about a year ago the 4 of us committed to writing on a weekly basis again. We may have missed one or two here and there, but we’ll call it a good running start. We originally had not intended on including graphics with each post, however while Bryan and Kelly were visiting their parents for Christmas a “one-time favor” became a regular part of this blog.

Over the past 12 months quite a bit has changed as well! In 2012:

  • Dien graduated from Dallas Theological Seminary and married his lovely wife, Loan
  • Helicon graduated from Western Seminary and accepted a full-time pastoral position at Chinese Evangelical Free Church of Santa Barbara
  • Tim began his last year at Biola University
  • Bryan shaved his head

As we spend time with family and friends this Christmas we invite you to take a stroll down memory lane with us as we recap a few of your favorite posts from 2012:

As we look forward to 2013, let’s focus on Jesus, “the author and perfecter of faith“ and “let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful.”

Thanks be to God for His undescribable gift.

From all of us at TemporaryVisitors, Merry Christmas and happy new year!

We’re back!

We will be relaunching TemporaryVisitors on Christmas day.

Here’s what you can expect:

  1. Consistency in posting: four of us have committed to weekly updates on this site. during months that have 5 weeks we will be featuring a guest post from a friend of ours.
  2. Gospel-centered writing: the contributors to this blog include an undergraduate college student, two full-time seminary students, and a full-time employee at a biotech company. Colossians 1:6 says that the gospel is, “constantly bearing fruit and increasing” in us since the day we heard and understood the grace of God in truth. Regardless of our social context, we seek to understand and share how the gospel shapes every aspect of our lives.
  3. Access to all of the posts from the past: nothing has been lost. In fact we encourage to browse the archives. You can find these categorized as “The Early Years“. Thanks to everyone who contributed between 2009-2011.  I know that I was encouraged through your writings and I’m sure many others were as well.

Come back on Christmas day and join us as we kick off a new chapter. Between now and then, we’re sure that you are still working through your Christmas shopping list. As has been the tradition in years past, we encourage you to freely give as we have received this Christmas season and to consider organizations like WorldVision in your Christmas giving.

Stay tuned

Over the past two years, this blog has been a blessing to me and many others who not only read it but also contribute to it. two years ago not as many people were blogging. This site gave us a common place to share what we were learning. If you look through the archives you’ll find a broad spectrum of topics written by over 15 contributors of different ages and walks.

But as they say, all good things come to an end. in the case of this blog, this is not the end. it is an opportunity to refocus the purpose of it. Some have gone on to use other social networking tools to share what God is teaching them, and for that we are thankful. Just as the early church in Acts sent faithful believers out, we rejoice as we see more and more faith-based blogs populate our Facebook news feeds.

So what is next? Over the next few weeks we’ll be praying over what the focus of this blog will be, and we plan to come back with a clear vision for its future. To our subscribers and readers, thanks for your readership. We’ve been encouraged by God’s faithfulness which we’ve been able to share with you on this blog. We hope you have been encouraged and challenged too. Stay tuned.